emphysema

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Multiple origins. Partially from Post-classical Latin emphysema (swelling), from Ancient Greek ἐμφυσᾶν (emphusân, puff up). Also borrowed from Middle French emphysema, from the same Latin source; compare French emphysème. Attested from the late 16th century.[1]

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emphysema (plural emphysemas or emphysemata)

  1. (pathology) An abnormal accumulation of air or other gas in tissues, most commonly the lungs.
  2. (medicine) Pulmonary emphysema, a chronic lung disease, one type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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  1. ^ emphysema, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2014.